Life can change in the twinkling of an eye – or at least very quickly some times.
On Monday, an attorney representing Edward Hart Turner had persuaded a U.S. District Court to block, temporarily, Turner’s execution. The argument did not dispute Turner’s guilt. Rather it focused on a Department of Corrections policy that apparently prevented Turner from getting tests about his mental health at the time of killings.
It appeared that the Mississippi would step back and determine if Turner was mentally ill before it decided if it would take his life.
Today things changed. Quickly. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the stay. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to stay the execution. The Governor of Mississippi refused a reprieve.
And Turner received a lethal injection this evening – 8 February 2012 – as scheduled.
Nothing can defend the brutal murders of Eddie Brooks and Everett Curry.
However, nothing can justify execution by the state of someone whose mental health, and ability to understand what they are doing, is in question.
See you along the Trail.